I spent a good deal of time thinking about the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case and what it means to the future of America. I came to the conclusion that America has discrimination all wrong. Choosing sides in the bakery case leads to nothing good for anybody. Title VII in the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discriminating against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin is wrong because it’s too broad, too ambiguous, and this case in Colorado is proof of that.
On one hand, there’s a logical argument that if you deny the gay couple, where does it stop? I mean, the same argument could made of an African-American because someone’s “religion” prohibits them from acknowledging the rights of minorities. I think the opposition to pro-gay messages on cakes is much more convincing because there’s a real debate in religious institutions over the morality of homosexuality, whereas I am not familiar with any religion that questions the morality of African-American people simply because of their race (This is obviously concluding the KKK is not a religion). Nevertheless, the same argument could be made.
On the other hand, the cakeshop serves gay people all the time, and this case is about whether or not the owner should be forced to sponsor pro-gay messages and cake-topping pieces against his will. He said that he’s proudly served gay people his products, but refused to offer his services when it means he goes out of his way to produce pro-homosexual cakes. Again, this is a slippery slope. Once you start making everyone serve each other against their will, which is a violation of the 1st amendment, it’s not capitalism, that is called communism. I think most people can agree communism is bad (right?).
If you follow this line of thought, then you might have come to the same conclusion I have. That is that, once again, the government sucks. The thing is, people are so lazy that they feel like they have to use the government to keep morality. Somehow we got to the point in America where most people think that if the government has less power and couldn’t rule over every circumstance, morality just goes out the window. Spare me. Use your common sense. If your fear is that if the cake shop wins this case, America will start widespread discrimination against gays, you’re insane. There are plenty of cake shops that will gladly serve to gays. There are, if not all, plenty of cake shops that will gladly serve to ethnic minorities. There are plenty of cake shops that will gladly serve to transgenders. Capitalism is a gift this way. If a business is actually discriminating against a group, moral people will go to a competing business and use their product. The business that is discriminating will go out of business, therefore putting the discrimination out too. People have the morality to decide between good and bad, and they have the power to enforce morality in capitalism. The government cannot make you buy a swastika, yet do you see everyone walking around with one? No, because we can all agree that Nazism is clearly bad. Government is not needed to ensure that you have morality in your life.
Hate crimes are obviously a violation of this morality. Hate crimes are still crimes, and they should stay that way. I just wanted to clear that up, but hopefully I didn’t have to.
True capitalism is one of America’s most separating characteristics from the rest of the world. It’s time we start using it instead of relying on ambiguous 1960’s legislature to keep ourselves moral.
P.S. Readers, this is my first publication! I’d love to hear your constructive feedback in the comments.